G20 Summit

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge Hint Hint


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Donald Trump loves him some dictators and fascists. In fact, the highlights for him during this week’s G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan have been his dalliances with strongmen.

The U.S. government doesn’t want to sell any F-35 stealth jets to Turkey because that nation recently purchased a Russian missile system. The U.S. is concerned that using American jets with the Russian missile system will allow Moscow to gain intelligence on our aircraft. Turkey’s tyrant, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he believes Trump won’t block the sale of  the jets because of their “warm relationship.” Trump seemed to agree and said he was “looking at different solutions.” That solution will be Russia getting its hands on our stealth technology. But at least there’s a warm relationship.

Trump decided to hold off on additional tariffs with China because he loves its president for life. He also said he’d allow U.S. companies to continue to sell equipment to Huawei, overruling the U.S. Commerce Department which had banned those sales to the Chinese company. The U.S. has been in a global campaign to block Huawei from 5G communication networks, calling the company a security threat. As we all know, Trump doesn’t concern himself with U.S. security. He is a security threat.

Trump is a guy who endangers national security by ignoring his own security experts when they tell him to swap to a new phone so China can’t hack him. Trump claims he knows more about technology than anyone, yet he can’t operate an umbrella.

After sitting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s been accused of masterminding the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump declared that no one has “pointed fingers” at the Crown Prince. That was a lie as U.S. intelligence has accused the Saudi royal of being involved in the murder. Trump believes the prince is innocent because when he asked him about the murder, he made a frowny face. Grr, murder bad. Sell us more U.S. weapon technology and we’ll continue to rent Trump Hotel rooms and buy Trump Tower apartments.

Before heading off to South Korea, Trump tweeted at North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un that he’ll be at the DMZ later if he’d like to hook up. Since Kim is the only person in North Korea with internet, he may have seen the tweet, which was like saying you’ll be in a local hotel room in his neighborhood for two hours if he’d like to swing by for a nightcap.

Trump’s best groveling and selling out of the United States was saved for Russian president Vladimir Putin. While sitting next to Putin, Trump was asked by the press if he talked to the Russian about election meddling. Jokingly, Trump leaned over to Vladimir and said, “Oh, don’t meddle in our election,” and the dictator and the wannabe dictator shared a laugh. Trump repeated the betrayal of the U.S. in Osaka that he did in Helsinki when he said, “Putin denies it.” Whether it’s a Russian attacking our democratic process or an Alabama Republican stalking teenage girls at the mall, they’re innocent in Trump’s eyes if they simply deny it.

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland that left five dead, Trump joked with Putin about “fake news.” Trump told Putin to “get rid of them” as he asked if he also had “fake news.” Putin does “get rid of them,” fake or not.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 42 journalists have been killed in Russia since Putin came to power in 1999. Of those 42 journalists, 26 have been murdered (the rest accidentally walked off the roofs of buildings or ate something that didn’t agree with them). But Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America and the defender of freedom, was able to joke about “fake news” with a man who has journalists murdered.

The security of the United States, our democratic process, and our guaranteed freedoms, like the right to free speech, does not concern Donald Trump any more than it concerns his supporters. The people who scream loudest about American freedom are the first in line to convert us to a dictatorship.

Trump basically winked at Putin when he said, “don’t meddle in our election.” When all this is said and done, I hope our justice system doesn’t put Trump in prison…WINK, WINK. NUDGE, NUDGE. HINT, HINT.

Did I say that out loud?

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G20 High Five


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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton told us Donald Trump is Putin’s puppet. She told us this during a debate with Trump, where, being so quick on his feet, Trump responded with, “you’re the puppet.” If his complicity to a foreign leader didn’t sway you from voting for him, then his inability to defend himself like an adult should have.

Clinton was not the only candidate to tell us Trump was indebted and controlled by Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump told us. He hid it very poorly.

On two occasions, it was pointed out that Putin killed enemies, including journalists. Once by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and the other time by Bill O’Reilly. Trump didn’t respond by expressing condemnation or even concern. He couldn’t even fake it. Both times, he responded by defending Putin, and again in a childish manner. Once with, “you think we’re so great?” and the other time, “a lot of people have done bad things.” He also said, “at least he’s a leader.”

And yet, we decided we couldn’t trust a woman who was careless with classified information, so we voted for the man displaying his patronage to the Kremlin. Seriously, America?

Russians spies weren’t the only foreign powers meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at the Trump campaign HQ in Trump Tower. Representatives of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates visited and told him they were “eager” to help Trump win the White House. From there, Joel Zamel, an Israeli expert in social media manipulation, put together a proposal for an online manipulation program to help elect Trump using thousands of fake accounts to promote him on Facebook. We don’t know if this plan was ever put into place, but others in on it were Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and founder of Blackwater and brother to our current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince.

Today, Trump tells us he has no financial interest in Saudi Arabia but on the campaign trail, he said he was paid millions by them for apartments in his garish, ugly buildings. He said, “Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.” Now, we’re supposed to forget he ever said it or assume he was lying. Either he was lying then or he’s lying now. Which is it?

During the campaign, there was much speculation that a lot of Trump’s projects were financed by Russian banks. What has been confirmed is that he got a lot of financing from Deutsche Bank, which he still owes millions to. Deutsche Bank has worked closely with Russian institutions in the past, and we don’t know if they haven’t sold Trump’s loan to Russia. Thursday, German police raided the offices of Deutsche Bank seeking evidence in a money laundering investigation into the practice of hiding money offshore to elude tax collectors and government regulators. Though this case doesn’t appear to have anything to do with Trump, it did occur the same day his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in a plea deal with the Special Counsel’s office, and Trump’s tax attorney’s offices were also raided by the feds. What a bunch of coincidences.

Trump has spent the last two years denying he had any financial ties to Russia, but Cohen laid out a scheme to the Special Counsel that he was leading the Trump Organization’s efforts to erect a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump responded by calling Cohen a liar and confirming what Cohen said. Trump’s defense is that all the stuff he spent the past two years hiding and denying wasn’t illegal.

But, it may have been illegal. According to reports, the Trump Organization’s plan was for the project, which Trump had dreamed of for three decades because he has a weird obsession with Russia, was to be financed by a Russian bank. The bank, VTB, is controlled by the Kremlin and is under sanctions by the United States. Even approaching this bank to do business is illegal. Other reports claim the Trump Organization was offering the penthouse, valued at $50 million, to Putin to make the project happen.

While it would make business sense to offer Putin such a gift, as it would make Russian oligarchs spends upwards of $250 million to be Putin’s neighbor, offering a bribe to a foreign head of state is illegal.

Also, to get financing from VTB, the Trump Organization, and perhaps Trump himself, would have to hand over all sorts of financial disclosure documents. Have you ever got a mortgage based upon your good looks? I doubt Trump has either. But, this would be handing Putin another gift, the president’s financial interests. No wonder he doesn’t want to insult him. Trump won’t even let us see his taxes, but maybe Putin has them.

This compromises Trump in the worst way. It’s not just one conflict of interest for Trump. He was working a deal with Russia through June of 2016, while Russia was engaged in a military intelligence cyberattack against the United States. This makes Trump a traitor.

Since I brought up a few coincidences earlier, here’s another; The Trump Tower/Campaign HQ meeting between Donald Jr., Kushner, Manafort and Russia spies was also while Trump was trying to get this deal on the Moscow Project.

Since the election, Trump has sided with Putin over our nation’s, and his, intelligence. He’s been very light and gentle toward Vladimir. He’s forgiven the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman for his ordering of a journalist’s execution.

On Friday at the G20 Summit, Putin and MBS exchanged a greeting that was less diplomatic and more like a touchdown celebration. It was very victorious and celebratory.

Putin and MBS have a lot to celebrate. They own a president, and if you still support Trump, they own you too.

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Air Force Funk


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President Obama had one awkward moment after another during his attendance to the G20 summit in China.

Upon landing the Chinese government refused to roll out the fancy stairs with the red carpet for the president to exit Air Force One. He was forced to use the back exit and roll-out steps usually reserved for schmoes like Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz.

There was a tiff on the tarmac as Chinese guards has a heated exchange with U.S. reporters and national security adviser Susan Rice.

He was scheduled to have a meeting with Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, but he cancelled after Mr. Duterte, who was obviously reading from a Trump campaign script, called Obama “son of a whore.”

Feeling needier than a Facebook selfie poster North Korea shot test fired a few missiles toward Japan during the summit.

At this level of disrespect I’m kinda surprised they didn’t tell Obama, and only Obama, that the summit would also be a costume party. I hate when that happens.

Of course Donald Trump had something to say about it. He said if he was ever dissed by a lack of stairs that he would have had the jet leave the offending country. Can you imagine the tweets if such a thing happens? It’s also good information for other nations if Trump actually becomes president.

They can roll out a little mattress for him to land on.

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